In the Spring of 2013 The Indianapolis Propylaeum, Inc., a women’s organization founded by May Wright Sewall in 1888,  merged with The Propylaeum Historic Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation.

The blended organization welcomes both men and women members who share in the mission of:

  • To maintain and preserve the Propylaeum.

  • To present the Propylaeum to the public and to increase awareness of the Propylaeum’s historical significance in advancing educational and cultural opportunities for women.

  • To provide a historically significant place where the public, particularly Indianapolis area residents, may enjoy literature, music, science and the fine arts.

  • To cultivate a sense of civic responsibility.

  • To foster culture and promote educational opportunities and provide scholarships from time to time.

Interested in membership information please click here.


Our beautiful Victorian Home was built in 1890 for $125,000 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our well-maintained facility has five meeting rooms, six private overnight guest rooms, a third floor ball room, and a professionally licensed kitchen. We are located in the Old Northside Neighborhood. Every effort has been taken to preserve the original integrity with historically correct restoration and decoration while incorporating modern day amenities to enhance the comfort of our members and guests.

All-encompassing Facility Includes:

Built in the 1890s, the Propylaeum Mansion & Carriage House is the perfect downtown Indianapolis event venue for gatherings & events of 150 or less guests

Featuring beautiful grounds set on a picturesque corner lot with mature trees

Three-story Mansion boasts a picturesque wrap around veranda

Numerous accommodations available for events with 15 or more

All events catered by venue exclusive caterers;

 MBP Distinctive Catering
The Food Guys

Opportunities for self-guided tours of the National Registered Historic Mansion

Private on-site parking for 40+ vehicles

Private overnight room accommodations offered for all catered events with 65+ guests*

(*Certain restrictions apply, please contact Propylaeum Event Office for more details)